OverviewA kidnapped daughter is presumed dead, and when her grieving father receives a letter, apparently from God, inviting him to the scene of the crime, he can't help but go. What he finds there will change his world forever.
I finished reading The Shack last night. I have heard a lot about this book over the past few years. It was very controversial when it was first published. I just put this book on my 'to be read' list and basically forgot about it. Reading a review recently that talked about how a person was struggling through grief and had found this book to be beneficial made me seek it out.
First of all I have to talk about the writing. I didn't find this book to be that well written. It just didn't ring true to me. The author did not expect this book to be published. It was a "story" written for his children. It was a story to help his kids understand God and that forgiveness is essential to living a peaceful life. It is his view of what "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit" would look like if they took on a human form. Once I understood this then reading the book was simply reading a story.
I will admit that it makes me think of how often we "over-think" religion. All God wants us to do is love him and love one another. Man has put so much of himself into religion that God is getting lost. I don't think this book is trying to tell us anything different. It isn't trying to teach anything we don't already know. People who have gone about bashing this book might just be reading more into it than the author intended. I don't know. I am not an authority on the subject. It didn't change any of my views about God or the Bible.
I like this piece of writing found on page 188:
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” Frederick Buechner
This is what I will take from this book. I carry my family and friends in me. I don't live in the world. The world lives in me.
I know people who have read the book more than once. Once is enough for me. I know people that couldn't finish reading the book for one reason or another. That is okay! To me it was just a story. A story about forgiveness. I don't know that I will ever be able to reach the level of forgiveness that Mack reaches. I say good for him. And I know I have a long ways to go.
I hope you will share your views about the book.